Science & Technology

A light rail TRAX train departing a station, with a sign indicating the train is headed to Salt Lake City

TRAX air quality study expands

A U air monitoring project, expanded to TRAX’s Blue Line, shows how smoke from last year’s fireworks drifted through the valley.


Going super small to get super strong metals

Experiments challenge long-held assumptions about the strength of metals.


Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

The new study goes back further than 23andme could have ever imagined.


Tino Nyawelo sites in front of the classroom of students from the Refugees Exploring the Foundations of Undergraduate Education in Science program.

Tino Nyawelo Receives Community Engaged Teaching Award

The University Teaching Committee has selected Tino Nyawelo, associate professor in Physics & Astronomy, to receive the Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Award for 2020. Last year, Nyawelo received the College of Science Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research Excellence.


Feathery ice crystals on a blue surface

Polymers to the rescue! Saving cells from damaging ice

New research by University of Utah chemists provides the foundation to design efficient polymers that can prevent the growth of ice that damages cells.


Cells infected with the malaria parasite appear darker and misshapen in a field of healthy cells under a microscope.

Discovery paves path forward in the fight against the deadliest form of malaria

Scientists have identified how cerebral malaria, a deadly form of the tropical disease, develops and have defined a potential drug target toward alleviating this condition for which few targeted treatments are available.


A woman scientist looks through a microscope

Why wait? New initiative gets students into the lab early

In 2020, the College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.


Why males pack a powerful punch

Elk have antlers. Rams have horns. In the animal kingdom, males develop specialized weapons for competition when winning a fight is critical. Humans do too, according to new research.


Churchill Scholar Michael Xiao

U honors fifth consecutive Churchill Scholar

Prestigious Churchill Scholarship provides opportunity to complete a one-year master’s program at the University of Cambridge


Visualizing a virus

A look at how a virus and its molecules interact with human cells.